ALAN Pardew celebrated his 100th match as Newcastle boss in style – with the help of someone having his first game for United.
Pardew hailed a match-winning contribution from new signing Moussa Sissoko as Newcastle gained a vital 2-1 victory at Aston Villa.
The win at their fellow strugglers moved United up to 15th in the Barclays Premier League table and four points above the drop zone.
Sissoko, a £2 million arrival from Toulouse, set up the opener for Papiss Demba Cisse and impressed in his role in the centre of midfield.
Fellow Frenchman Yohan Cabaye’s super strike doubled the lead and Villa’s only response was a second-half Christian Benteke’s penalty.
Pardew said: “I don’t think we would have won the game without Sissoko.
“That’s how important I think that signing was.
“Sissoko really grabbed the game by the horns and that’s what we needed.”
SEE Wednesday’s Mail for Miles Starforth’s expert match report and reaction from Pardew and goal hero Yohan Cabaye.